From May to October, packs of wahoo congregate along the Great Astrolabe Barrier Reef. The average size of wahoo is about 50lbs with a good fish weighing in at 75lbs. Each wahoo pack usually has a fish of close to 100lbs. We almost always use lures when targeting wahoo however we often get jumped by fish when bait & switch fishing for sailfish. If your teaser is rigged with mono…wave bye bye to the end of your daisy chain….
The biggest problem we encounter is a mass attack, wahoo porpoising in at break-neck speed, every rod in the spread going off and then multiple bite-offs as other wahoo attack lines or swivels cutting through the water. We combat this by trolling a full spread until we find a pack and then switch to towing just two lures. Often, just a garfish (ballyhoo) on a two hook rig with a small pink skirt on the nose. Trolling speed is usually around 6-7kts. Most wahoo skippers around the world troll faster. Here, higher speeds do not increase strike rates. Last week on the Kadavu Seamount, we were feeding a skip bait back to a small blue marlin and a 60lb wahoo hit a Lumo green Pakula Sprocket that was only doing about 2kts.
All lures are rigged on at least 4 feet of 124lb 49 strand wire. (Longer if we thing sails are in the area) At this time of year, if it isn’t on wire, it isn’t coming back….
1. Wellsys Talai – Purple or lumo green
2. Halco Laser Pro 190 minnow – Redhead
1. McWhog – Blue/Chartruese – Rigged in front of a garfish (Ballyhoo)
2. Lurestreet Raptor minnow – Green/gold or Red/white
1. Wellsys Medium Turbojet – Blue Silver / Green Gold (Evil)
(This is our absolute ‘must have’ in the spread)
1. Lurestreet Yahoowahoo – Black/green/red (I have seen wahoo charge this lure from 100 yards away)
2. Pakula Phantom – Blue Silver / Green Gold (Evil)
3. Pakula Sprocket – Lumo
1. Hollowpoint Mahi Sniper – Black/green or Black/red or White/pink
Where we get our lures :
- Palm Fishing Australia
- Wellsys Tackle
- Melton International Tackle
Lure Manufacturer Links :
- Pakula lures
- Hollowpoint Lures
- Marlin Magic Lures
- Wellsys Lures
Adrian was born on the island of Cyprus and graduated to his first rod & reel at the age of five. Having fished around the world from the Arabian Gulf to the North sea and English Channel, he finally settled for the tropical waters of the South Pacific around the island of Kadavu, Fiji Islands. Director of Matava Resort Gamefishing, he skippers ‘Bite Me’, the resort’s 31ft DeepVee Gamefishing vessel and thoroughly enjoys exploring the light and heavy tackle fishing around the island and Great Astrolabe Barrier Reef. An IGFA Certified Captain, he advocates tag & release and is a keen supporter of the IGFA and the Billfish Foundation.
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